Hampshire Astronomical Group

Established 1960, Online since 1998

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Hampshire Astronomical Group welcome you!

Formed in 1960 in Portsmouth the ‘Hampshire Astronomical Group’ has grown into one of the finest and largest amateur astronomical observatories in the UK.

Located high on a hill on the South Coast of England in the village of Clanfield (between Petersfield and Portsmouth) you will find a superbly equipped Observatory with a very active and enthusiastic membership.

We have a full program of Public Open evenings throughout the year at the Observatory coupled with monthly interesting and educational talks held at the ‘Clanfield Memorial Hall – Clanfield’ where you are more than welcome to attend.

Feel free to browse this website, it is constantly up-dated, so do re visit often.

Clear Nights and Dark Skies,

Richard Judd - President
Hampshire Astronomical Group

What's on in the next month...

Friday,
10th October
2014
The Exploding Universe: A Party in the Sky
A talk by Rene Breton
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Southdowns Planetarium

The South Downs Planetarium is a registered educational charity, which is run by a small team of experienced and dedicated volunteers.
The Planetarium operates throughout the year, but is not open every day.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Planetarium at the show times listed on this website.

Public Shows and Dates

Friday 19th September - 7.30pm - Meteorites, Space Rocks and Impacts

Sunday 21st September - 3.30pm - The Northern Lights

Friday 26th September - 7.30pm - The Northern Lights

Sunday 28th September - 3.30pm - Autumn Stars, Moon and Planets

As seats sell out fast, it is essential to book your seat.

Admission Prices: £6.00 for adults, or £4.00 for children 6 to 16yrs. Cash or Cheque Only

The South Downs Planetarium Trust is a Registered Educational Charity No. 1096869.

For further information about all South Downs Planetarium activities, contact: 

The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre
Sir Patrick Moore Building
Kingsham Farm
Kingsham Road
Chichester
West Sussex PO19 8RP

For Sat Nav Users:-

Enter PO19 8AE

Tel: 01243 774400 Ticket hotline: 07818 297292

e-mail: sdownsplanet@btconnect.com

http://www.southdowns.org.uk/

What's on between next month and 6 months...

Saturday,
25th October
2014
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Uranus, Pleiades, M15 or M57
- start time 7:30pm

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Sunday,
26th October
2014
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Uranus, Pleiades, M15 or M57
- start time 7:30pm

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Friday,
31st October
2014
"Finding planets with 600,000 eyes".
A talk by Meg Schwamb
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
14th November
2014
What Is New In Our Solar-System
A talk by Dr Robin Catchpole
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
29th November
2014
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Pleiades, Uranus or M15
- start time 7:30pm

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Sunday,
30th November
2014
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Pleiades, Uranus or M15
- start time 7:30pm

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Friday,
12th December
2014
The Amazing Voyage of Herschel
A talk by Mark Kidger
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Astronomical Events for September 2014

Moon

1 September - 21:00 BST - The crescent Moon can be seen near Mars and Saturn with Antares to the left of the Moon.

11 September - 02:10 BST - The Moon will be approximately 4 arcminutes from Uranus.  The planet can be found below the southern limb of the Moon.

14/15 September - 22:30 BST - The Moon can be found within the Hyades open cluster in Taurus.  In the early hours of 15 September the Moon will come within 1° of Aldebaran.

20 September - 04:00 BST - A 14% lit Moon can be found approximately 6° south of Jupiter, look for them in the eastern sky.

23 September - 04:00 BST - There will be a thin crescent Moon (1% lit) to the left of Venus with a separation of approximately 5°.

27 September - 20:00 BST - The Moon will be west of Saturn and can be found low in the west-southwest.

29 September - 20:00 BST - Looking low in the southwest, it will be possible to see the crescent Moon approximately 5° north of Mars.

Planets

5 September - approx. 05:30 BST - Venus will be about 1° north of Regulus.  Jupiter can be seen to the north of Venus.  A clear eastern horizon will be needed to view this spectacle.

11 September - morning - The four moons of Jupiter can be found lying east of the planet.

28 September - evening - Mars will be 3° from Antares ('Rival of Mars').

Comets

2 September - Comet C/2014 E2 can be found in Cepheus.

15 September - dawn - Look for comet C/2012 K1 PANSTARRS in the constellation Hydra, which can be found low in the eastern sky.

Occultations

18 September - 04:28 BST - A crescent Moon occults Lambda Geminorum.  The star will disappear at approximately 04:28 BST before reappearing at 05:25 BST.

Misc

15/16 and 16/17 September - NEO 2009 RR (mag. 17) will pass inside the Moon's orbit.  It should be possible for astrophotographers to take images using a large telescope.

23 September - 03:29 BST - Autumn Equinox.

30 September - 20:00 BST - Tonight is a good time to see the Teapot Asterism which can be found in the constellation of Sagittarius.  Look for the asterism to the left of the Moon.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Knight
Jupiter Image Credit: NASA

After Dark at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

After Dark: adults only

Tues 16 Sept, Weds 15 Oct, Thurs 6 Nov, Tues 2 Dec

Visit the planetarium and play about in the exhibition after the kids have gone home. Activities run throughout the evening so no problem if you cannot get here for 6pm or if you need to leave early.

Ticket price: £10/£8 including one planetarium show and entry to the centre. Add the other show for just +£2.

Teachers: free entry (includes one show); send requests in advance by email using your school/college email address.

Online booking (if you want to see both shows, add the second on the next page)

Telephone bookings (01962) 891925. Please have your credit/debit card ready. If the front desk is too busy for staff to answer your call straight away you can leave your number and they will call you back.

Strictly ages 18yr+ (if you're lucky enough to look younger, please bring ID).

For more details of the events please check out After Dark

What's on after the next 6 months...

There are no events scheduled.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

8th October - Transients and Cosmic Fireworks

Talk by Dr Rene Breton (University of Southampton)

Adult evening lectures on the second Wednesday's of the Month at 4.30pm and 6.30pm, each follow by a short Planetarium Show about the months sky.

Rene Breton was awarded his PhD in astrophysics from McGill University, Montreal, in 2009 before holding postdoctoral positions in Toronto and Southampton. Keen amateur astronomer for over 20 years, he fulfilled his childhood dream to become a professional astronomer when he was appointed lecturer in astrophysics at the University of Southampton in 2013.

This talk will explore the new horizons offered by time-domain astrophysics and the extreme nature of the events that are under scrutiny.

These events often sell out so pre-book or call to check on (01962) 863791

For more details and tickets please visit the Intech web site